Access to Patient Information
The doctors and nurses from this practice use the computer to record clinical data. Practice staff use the computer to prepare prescriptions, arrange appointments, recall patients personal data e.g. cervical smears.
Sensitive personal data may be processed for the purposes of education, audit, health service management, health care development, research etc. These individuals have a professional and contractual duty of confidentiality.
Confidential and identifiable information relating to patients will not be disclosed to other individuals without their explicit consent, unless it is a matter of life and death or there is a serious risk to the health and safety of patients or it is overwhelmingly in the public interest to do so.
In these circumstances, the minimum identifiable information that is essential to serve a legal purpose may be revealed to another individual who has a legal requirement to access the data for the given purpose. That individual will also have a professional and/or contractual duty of confidentiality. Data will otherwise be anonymised, if possible, before disclosure if this would serve the purpose for which the data is required.
Data Protection Act
As is required by law, we are registered under the Data Protection Act. This means that all data held, whether computerised or manual, is protected and not automatically divulged to third parties. The only exception to this rule is if other health care workers require medical details as a necessary part of an openly agreed referral to other medical teams, such as those based at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Freedom of Information Act
The purpose of the Act, which came into full effect in January 2005, is to promote a culture of openness and accountability by providing people with rights of access to information held by public authorities. It is a requirement under Section 19 of the Act for such organisations, including GP practices, to have a Publication Scheme. A copy of our publication scheme is available from reception. A copy of the Act is available on the Freedom of Information website.
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